BlackBerry Maker Research In Motion (RIMM) Shares Up 1.8%

Blackberry maker (RIMM) reported a 52-week high ahead of the company’s quarterly earnings report. Stock investing shares of RIMM were up $2.66, or 1.8%, to $147.11. For the first quarter, analysts expect RIMM to report earnings of 85 cents a share on revenue of $2.3 billion, compared with earnings of 39 cents a share on revenue of $1.1 billion a year ago. Continue reading

Investing in Financial Sector – ETFs

Financial companies have borne the brunt of the downturn in the U.S. stock investing market in the last year. For some companies, such as Bear Stearns and Countrywide Financial, the bottom has dropped out all the way to requiring takeovers by competitors in order to avoid bankruptcy. For other companies, such as Lehman Brothers (LEH) or mega-insurer American International Group (AIG), the impact has cut share prices in half, or worse. Continue reading

Google (GOOG) Growing Stronger

Google, Inc., (GOOG) a technology company, maintains index of Web sites and other online content for users, advertisers, Google network members, and other content providers. Its automated search technology helps users to obtain instant access to relevant information from its online index. The company’s solutions provide targeted advertising and Internet search solutions, as well as intranet solutions via an enterprise search appliance. Its products and services for users include Google.com for search and personalization, which provides Google Web Search, Google Image Search, Google Book Search, Google Scholar, Google Base, Google Webmaster Tools, Google Finance, Google News, Personalized Homepage and Search, Google Co-op and Custom Search, Google Video, and YouTube. Continue reading

Analyzing Risk/Reward Ratios When You Trade Options

This is a general investing concept. It means that when you are seeking more reward, you will be taking on more risk. In most option trading strategies you can infer the risk/reward by analyzing how much money is at risk vs. what you can make if the trade is successful. Continue reading

When do we Invest in Real Estate Again?

The real estate market like all other asset classes is subject to the laws of supply and demand. When supply outstrips demand, inventory rises, prices fall and it takes longer for sellers to sell their homes. The longer it takes for a seller to offload his or her property the more likely they are to drop prices. Real estate unlike many other investments usually involves a significant cash outlay to purchase and sell; as a result there is a sizable carrying cost for holding real estate as an investment. Forget the flippers and the no document, no down payment sales, they are not investments in the traditional sense of an investment, they fall more into the class of so called investments called ponzi schemes. Continue reading

Altera (ALTR) Shares are on the Rise

Altera Corporation (ALTR) San Jose, California is the pioneer of programmable logic solutions, enabling system and semiconductor companies to rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Altera combines the programmable logic technology originally invented in 1983 with software tools, intellectual property, and customer support to provide high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers.

New announcements include the corporation’s first quarter sales of $336.1 million, up 4% from the fourth quarter of 2007 and up 10% from the first quarter of 2007. First quarter net income was $83.9 million, $0.27 per diluted stock market share, up from net income of $65.5 million, $0.20 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2007. So, when you are investing in stock options, these are things you want to look for. Continue reading

Covered Call Investing: ’08 Democrat vs. Republican Analysis

Worried about your investments if your candidate doesn’t win in November? Whether the Internet savvy Obama, or the defense minded McCain prevails, you can protect yourself and even make money with covered call investing.

Look over your portfolio segments. If a democrat wins and you own oil stocks, write covered calls on them with a strike price at or a little lower than the current market price. Since democrats are no friends of big oil, their constant negativity may drive prices down. Continue reading

Computer Associates (CA) Intl. Inc. Q4 Revenue up 8%

Islandia, NY based Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) is one of the world’s largest independent software companies. They provide information technology management software worldwide. Their solutions include CA Project & Portfolio Management, which provides views into an organization’s investments, initiatives, and resources.

Recent reports announced another solid quarter with the company making significant progress. Fourth quarter revenue is up 8 percent to $1.085 billion with fourth quarter GAAP earnings from continuing operations per diluted common share increases to $0.13 from $(0.04). Fourth quarter non-GAAP operating earnings per diluted common shares are up 10 percent to $0.22. Continue reading